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How to transfer data from a broken laptop hard drive?

My LAPTOP hard drive physically broke-ish. My computer was acting extremely slowly and got worse every time I switched it on. My theory is that something was bent inside or a pin is broken. Dell sent me another hard drive, but I want to extract my files from the old hard drive because I wasn't able to. How should I go about doing this? Will a controller help (not sure what kind or how to get one and what to do when I get one), or an enclosure? Is there a way to do it with cables attached to the hard drive? Thank you.

Inspiron 1505. It's a ATA hard drive. Not sure what that means.

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In reply to: Ouch.

I'm sorry I don't understand your question. What do you mean by, 'it gave notice'? The computer fell and everything started acting slowly after that, i.e. windows took a LONG time to start. But when it did the files are still there. However, I couldn't back my files at that time. I had switched the computer on a couple of times after that but it got way slower and once it froze. So I'm afraid of using that hard drive till I have a sure way of copying files... I'm guessing a controller. Thank you for the link. I will try those, unless you can tell me about controllers.

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Ahh. No backup.

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I am left to guess you haven't lost it all yet. I ask because I want to know each time it comes up so I see what people are thinking. It's not a matter of if a hard disk will fail but when.

This is hard for many to accept.

I've supplied the link to the usual do it yourself items and to

Sorry to read about your loss.

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Just follow the instructions:

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Follow the instructions:

Remove the hard drive from your PC.

Plug the hard drive into a different computer that you know is working properly.

Check to see if the motherboard is causing the hard drive works as it should, the motherboard could be causing similar problems. If so, use this as a lesson and backup your data.


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